You can create unique block-printed textiles using only vegetables and paint by following these 5 simple steps. By printing on fabric, tea towels, or even a canvas tote bag, you can express your creativity or make a handmade gift. Read on for a step-by-step guide for this fabulous DIY project:
Here’s What You’ll Need:
- Potato, yam, sweet potato, jicama, or other firm, starchy veggies
- Paring knife and X-acto knife
- 100% cotton fabric
- Acrylic Paint and Acrylic Fabric Medium (which thins the acrylic paints and makes them flow more smoothly for printing or painting on fabric). You can buy acrylic paints at any art supply or craft store.
- Paintbrushes and/or foam paint roller
- Paper plates or other container for mixing paints
Follow These 5 Steps:
1.) Prepare your work surface. Lay out a blanket on a table top—this will provide a soft surface under the fabric which will allow for easier printing. Cover the blanket with a layer of recycled newspapers to protect the blanket from paint.
2.) Cut a potato (or yam) in half, and sketch a design with a marker. Use a paring knife or X-acto knife to cut away the white space of your design, creating a stamp.
3.) Mix a small amount of your desired color of acrylic paint with an equal amount of fabric medium, and paint a scant amount (or use a small foam paint roller) on the vegetable stamp. Try a test print on the newspaper first.
4.) Create a pattern with your stamps on your fabric, towel, or bag, by painting or rolling paint onto the stamp each time you imprint it.
5.) You can mix up your pattern by reversing the direction, using two different colors to stamp with, or even using a paintbrush to paint several different colors on one stamp for an ombre effect.
There are so many ways you can use these simple DIY veggie stamps to make useful and beautiful handmade textiles. Here are just a few ideas: sew a small zippered pouch, make a tea towel, hem pieces of cotton fabric and use as napkins or placemats, print a custom reusable shopping bag, decorate a set of blank greeting cards, stamp the hem of a pillowcase, custom print an old sweatshirt, or use printed fabric to reupholster a dining room chair seat.